Struggling Sporting fires coach Manuel Preciado

Struggling Sporting Gijon has fired coach Manuel Preciado after

five-plus seasons with the Spanish club.

Sporting has lost four of five games and is 19th in the league,

three points from safety.

Sporting president Manuel Vega-Arango says the decision wasn’t

easy, but that the club came first and ”that’s football.”

Preciado was the longest standing coach with a topflight Spanish

club after taking over for the 2006-07 season.

Sporting was promoted in his second season but has barely

avoided relegation since, with the 54-year-old Preciado leading the

Asturian club to a 10th-place finish last season.

Assistant Inaki Tejada will coach Sporting on Sunday against

Osasuna.